Allen County Project Spotlight 2024 Nominations

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana provides support services to people in our community who are impacted by cancer. The support includes financial assistance, practical resources, and mental health support to decrease the burden of cancer on local families.

Fort Wayne Pitbull Coalition

Our Mission is to improve the conditions for pit bull type dogs in Northern Indiana through education, public awareness and by providing resources for pit bulls in need. We are now functioning as a rescue and are excited to be able to offer wonderful pit bulls in need of forever homes.  We are still a very small group and are in need of fosters and donors to continue helping pit bulls in need.

From This Day Forward Events Ministry

From This Day Forward helps those on a budget to plan and celebrate life events. The shop sells off-the-rack wedding dresses, wedding attire for mothers and attendants, as well as other wearable items. They also have a decor side of the business which rents at a reasonable rate, props and decorations, linens and silk flowers.  They help with planning the event and guide clients to plan and stick to a budget.

Summit Equestrian Center

An amazing program that serves our veteran population using horses to assist with PTSD.

Help veterans with PTSD and emotional support.

This program provides specialized equine assisted therapy to children, teens, adults, and Veterans to help overcome obstacles they/we face in our daily lives by working with our horses. Many of our horses are rescues and have trauma of their own too.  Together with connection and compassion participants are able to heal from their trauma. We lost our mentor, friend, and executive director, Allison Wheaton and her husband Randy along with their two fur babies Jack and Bernadette November 26, 2023 and we are striving to carry on her amazing legacy and keeping her spirit alive.

Our need is greater than ever to continue changing lives and to change more lives.  Summit Equestrian Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the only place in Northeast Indiana where people of ALL abilities can experience the joy of Equine Assisted Therapies.

Our need is great because of the unexpected passing of Chaps (our mini) and a few days later Allison (Founder/Executive/Soul Employee), Randy, Jack and Bernie on November 26.  It has brought all of us great sadness and a strong desire to carry on her legacy of people, horses and hope. 

Allison’s ambition, kindness, heart for serving and sincere love of horses (well all animals) will be remembered by all.  Randy was an avid volunteer for us as well.  Both Allison and Randy’s passion for using horses to serve children and adults of all abilities services and for veterans was extraordinary and is deeply missed. 

Our board has had to make crucial decisions for the future and safety of our program(s).  Our story, started by Allison in 2010 continues to be written and in our current chapter our motto is to go from tragedy to triumph.  It has brought our board more into the fold of the day to day operations (including taking care of horses) and required us to evaluate all aspects of our business. 

Since late November, the board has been meeting weekly to ensure we have the infrastructure to resume The Cavalry (our veteran based program) and future opportunities.  As a board, we have pivoted and quickly become a working board focusing on horses, a mule and a donkey, logistical, legal, and administrative tasks so that we have the authority to continue to provide equestrian services to people of Northeastern Indiana.  While doing this, we have continued to offer services and leverage other people and organizations. 

We have contracted with a Path Certified instructor facilitating The Cavalry on Tuesday and Thursdays.  We’ve had new veterans/family attend sessions and new veterans inquiring about our program. 

Please help us to help more people.